joan walsh, what does it say about speaker boehner when he gives rush limbaugh a call before he checks in with the real boss, i guess, of the party, before he goes further? what does that tell you? >> yes, he checked in with the real boss. you know, you caught me. i think the camera came to me in mid -- open mouth, shaking my head, listening to that quote again. you know, we just have to talk about the utter mendacity of john boehner tonight. i'm sorry, ed. this man, for better or worse, has been negotiating with this president. on friday they got within $400 billion of a deal. sounds like a lot of money, but when you're talking about $4 trillion, it's not really that much. they were close, he had to walk away. so what did he do? did he come back today and say, hey, we were this close and here's some ideas to close the deal? no, he went full tilt tea party crazy. and i just want to make it clear for the three of us and for our audience, we've been talking about this for months now, and they have just introduced this idea of a balanced budget amendment, which is one of the most divisive ideas in america politics?